hi, concerning what type of Vac to use with pellet stove ash removal, I will agree 100% that your home carpet vaccum cleaner is a no no for all kinds of reasons.. dust, hot embers, etc... that said, I was looking at the prices of pellet stove ash removal devices and since most are 5 gallon models, I really didn't need any thing that big.. I have a Harman P61A pellet model and even cleaning it every 2 or 3 weeks, the ash is minimal..[ manual says to empty ash pan after every ton burned] which no one prob waits that long but it gives u and idea of how little ash is burned. anyways, I have a 2 gallon wet/dry shop vac from HD called The Stinger.. cute little red/yellow vac that is light and very strong.. There are no HEPA filters for it. just the paper type that you secure with a round band.. so, I Took a heavy white thermal sock and fastened it to the exhaust end of the Stinger with a radiator clamp. works like a charm...absolutley no dust while I clean the stove. All the dust and maybe more goes into the sock which I will replace in time when it starts to feel heavy. only prob I had was the exhaust end was not long enough to secure a clamp to it so I found a plastic exstention in my garage from another old shop vac, banged it into the exhaust end permantley.. since it was like 2 foot long, I cut it with a hacksaw till it exstended long enough to hold the sock and clamp. will the dust eventually kill the motor? who knows.. this little Home depot vac is so strong I don't think the fine particles stay in the vac long enough as they get sucked into the sock pretty quick. Just my 2 cents on saving a few buck on a too powerfull to need 5 gallon model.